Words often associated with only children include lonely, spoiled and even peculiar. Research, however, offers nothing to support these stereotypes. In fact, lone children have been found to excel in situations where those with siblings may not fare as well.
There are, of course, possible plus sides to being an only child. For example, parents are able to dedicate themselves to nurturing just one offspring. They’ll have more resources such as time, money and effort to invest in varied activities. Life, then, may seem more diverse and interesting.
But where there are benefits to being an only child, there are also plus sides to having brothers and sisters. It has, in fact, been suggested that kids learn street smarts quicker in a larger clan. The ability to read social situations, for example, can actually be easier among siblings.